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Local court ruling for Samsung, Apple delayed

All Headlines 17:02 August 09, 2012

By Lee Minji

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean court ruling over patent infringement claims between the world's top smartphone makers Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. has been delayed due to legal procedures, a court official said Thursday.

The ruling by the Seoul Central District Court originally scheduled for Aug. 10 was rescheduled for Aug. 24 due to a prolonged final review, according to an official at the district court.

The local court ruling is part of a multi-billion dollar patent war between the two rivals who are racing to dominate the US$219 billion global smartphone market.

In April 2011, Apple first filed a lawsuit with a U.S. district court, accusing Samsung of copying patents used in its flagship iPad and iPhone products.

Samsung flatly denied the claim and fired back by lodging technology-related patent infringement suits against the iPhone maker with courts in Germany, Japan and South Korea in the same month.

Following the move, Apple filed a countersuit with the South Korean court in June, pointing an angry finger at Samsung's alleged violation of its design and user interface patents.

The delay in the local ruling comes as a disappointment to market watchers who had been anticipating a decision ahead of the U.S. district court's final hearing in late August.

While the stakes in the local ruling were considered much smaller than the $2.5 billion Apple is seeking in the U.S. trial, market watchers had forecast the winner to gain an upper hand in the two rivals' patent war.


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